Cultivating healthy, productive bee colonies is an important component of maintaining and improving the ecosystem and biodiversity.
Our 20 beehives play a relatively small yet significant role in pollinating and regenerating vegetation throughout the Sierra Cacachilas mountains and in the San Juan de los Planes valley. Vegetation, in turn, is a fundamental part of many cycles within our ecosystem, including those of water, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and energy. Keeping our apiaries functioning well is one of many factors that helps us manage our whole environment more effectively.
An additional benefit of maintaining bees is that we produce delicious, healthy honey that we offer to visitors on our ranches. The warm, earthy tones of our 100% pure honey are created by our bees, which collect nectar from ranch desert blooms. With support from bee-breeding specialist Juana Agudo, an advisor on beehive management for the municipality of La Paz, two of our ranchers, Juan Carlos and Benito, are trained to take care of our valuable pollinators.
We place hives in various locations throughout the ranches near permanent water sources and specific vegetation to help the bees prosper and to maximize pollination activities. We inspect the hives regularly for signs of health and in the spring and late summer we harvest the honey using centrifugal extractors. To assist with scheduling the harvesting, we monitor the various species of plants, including native damiana shrubs, that bloom throughout our ranches. In 2015, our first year of production, we harvested 150 kilograms of honey.
Be sure to visit Bar El Minero, a restaurant in the charming village of El Triunfo that uses and sells our honey.